With nearly 7,000 stores stocked with over 20,000 different items, Walgreens continues to be one of America’s leading drugstores. Walgreens.com reports that they serve over 5.3 million people every day; if you’re one of these drugstore shoppers, you can find a wealth of bargains and discounts in each store, but you need to plan ahead to make the most of your trip.
Ready to score a bargain on your next drugstore run? Here are some tips for getting the best deals and discounts at your neighborhood Walgreens store:
1. Keep track of the weekly circular. If you accidentally throw away the Walgreens weekly circular you receive in the mail or in the newspaper, you can pick one up in the store as soon as you walk in, or print off your preferred coupons online. Walgreens.com will ask you for your zip code to find the store circular that matches the store nearest you. This is also a convenient way to shop and plan for your next drugstore run.
2. Pick up an Easy Saver catalog. Don’t miss out on the bonus savings available in the Easy Saver rebate catalog. The catalog starts off with a slew of coupons that are usually between $1 – $5 or more off for certain items. These products rotate every week, and some can be used for items that are already on sale in the weekly circular. Spending just a few minutes matching these up can help you double up on savings.
3. Browse for sticky coupons on items. Walgreens often stocks health and beauty items that have the peel-off sticky coupons right on the product. These discounts are from the manufacturer, and if the item is already on sale, you’re in luck! Keep an eye out for these sticker deals; Walgreens is one of the few retailers that stays well-stocked on these discounted goods.
4. Shop the clearance shelves. You won’t always find a deal in the clearance area of Walgreens, but it’s easy to find household and beauty items at up to 50% off when you know where to look. Walgreens usually stocks their clearance items near the back of the store on the endcaps of their seasonal or beauty aisle. Keep an eye out for the red stickers, but just make sure you look at the expiration dates on the health and beauty items, and food that gets stocked in this aisle.
5. Keep track of your Register Rewards. Get out of the habit of throwing away your register receipts from Walgreens, because you’ll need the receipt to send in your rebates, and you might also be eligible to purchase future items at a discount. Register Rewards are listed on that 3-foot receipt that you get handed after a transaction; it usually contains several items that the computer ‘thinks’ you might like, or have purchased in the past. Keep these on hand to snag some already-discounted deals in the future.
Finally, don’t forget to sign up for the Easy Saver Rebate Gift Card when you send in for your rebates. Requesting a gift card instead of a personal check will give you a 10% bonus on your rebate, and you can spend it at any Walgreens store in the future. It’s a great way to earn a few dollars back from your efforts, and can be used to start your savings cycle all over again!